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These gaps can allow abusive posts to proliferate in the countries where Facebook itself has determined the risk of real-world harm is high. Jones said Facebook added hate speech classifiers for Hindi in 2018 and Bengali in 2020, and classifiers for violence and incitement in Hindi and Bengali this year. She said Facebook also now has hate speech classifiers in Urdu but not Pashto. Facebook's human review of posts, which is crucial for nuanced problems like hate speech, also has gaps across key languages, the documents show. A Facebook presentation from January, included in the documents, concluded "there is a huge gap in the Hate Speech reporting process in local languages" for users in Afghanistan.
Persons: Frances Haugen, Matt McClain, hasn't, Mavis Jones, Jones, Myanmar's, Facebook, Ashraf Zeitoon, Haugen, Facebook's Jones, Elizabeth Culliford, Brad Heath, Fanny Potkin, Sheila Dang, Ayenet, Kenneth Li, Marla Dickerson Organizations: Facebook, Commerce, Science, Reuters, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, Wall Street, United Nations, Ethiopian, company’s Asia, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Afghanistan, Yemen, Myanmar, Ethiopia, East, North Africa, United States, Canada, Europe, Tigray, India, Pakistan, Iran, Libyan, Saudi, California, Haitian, Asia, Africa, New York, Washington, Singapore, Dallas, Ayenet Mersie, Nairobi, Sankalp, New Delhi
CNN's publication of these warnings from within Facebook comes seven months after a Facebook team initially shared an internal report entitled "Coordinated Social Harm." The report, distributed in March, said that armed groups in Ethiopia were using the platform to incite violence against ethnic minorities in the "context of civil war." Its two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, make up more than 60% of the population. "I've seen a lot of a lot of hate speech, that definitely does fuel ethnic violence in Ethiopia," Neguede said. A Facebook page with an INSA-affiliated administrator was also flagged in internal Facebook documents in March, but was not recommended for removal.
Persons: Frances Haugen's, Haugen, Africa's, Mark Zuckerberg, Abiy Ahmed, David Kaye, Ethiopia didn't, Kaye, PesaCheck, Amanuel Neguede, Neguede, Berhan, Hachalu Hundessa, Taye, Buldings, Hundessa's, TPLF, US Agency for International Development Samantha Power, Power, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Abiy's, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed's Organizations: London, CNN, Facebook, US Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Congress, Wall, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, UN, Intelligence, AFP, US Agency for International Development, Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency Locations: Ethiopia, North America, Europe, Tigray, May, Amhara, Fano, Sudan, Egypt, United States, Myanmar, Somali, Addis Ababa, Um Rakuba, East Africa, Africa, stoke, Oromo, Nairobi
(CNN) The Ethiopian government's air force carried out two air strikes in the northern region of Tigray, government spokesperson Legese Tulu told CNN Sunday. One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- the region's ruling party -- in the city of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese. A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged the TPLF were manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms. The strikes are part of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. TPLF denied that the Ethiopian air force had hit military targets in Tigray on Sunday, and instead said the strikes targeted a hospital and a textile factory.
Persons: Legese, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, TPLF, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Ethiopia's Locations: Tigray, Mai, Adwa
NAIROBI, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government carried out an air strike on the regional capital of the northern Tigray region for the fourth day this week on Friday, the party in control of the region and a state-affiliated broadcaster said. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), confirmed the air strike, speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. State-affiliated broadcaster Fana reported that the government had targeted a training centre for TPLF fighters in the Tigray capital Mekelle. War erupted nearly a year ago between federal troops and the TPLF, which ruled Ethiopia for three decades at the helm of a multi-ethnic coalition and now controls the northern region. The government air strikes this week come amid intensified fighting in the neighbouring northern region of Amhara, where the government launched a ground offensive last week to recover territory it lost to the TPLF several months ago.
Persons: Getachew Reda, Fana, Mekelle, Maggie Fick, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, Government, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Amhara
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the northern region said the air strike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle. Humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Mekelle, Seid, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, CITY, Communications, Disaster Risk Management Commission, Dessie, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Mekelle, Amhara, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Dessie, panicking, Addis Ababa, Wuchale, Nairobi
Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopia carried out an air strike on the city of Mekelle for the third day this week, a government spokesperson said, in a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for nearly a year. Spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters the strike succeeded in hitting a military training centre being used by the Tigrayan forces. He said the centre was a former base, known as the Northern Command, for the Ethiopian military in the area. War broke out in November 2020 between federal troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for three decades but now controls just the northern region.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Northern Command, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - An air strike hit the capital of Tigray region in northern Ethiopia on Wednesday morning, regionally controlled television said, reporting the second attack on the city of Mekelle this week. Ethiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately answer a phone call requesting comment on the reported strike. The strike hit around 10:30 a.m., the source said. The report of a strike comes two days after two air strikes hit the city.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, Mekelle, Will Davison, " Davison, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Facebook, Addis, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, city's, Amhara, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
Seventeen people killed in a road accident in Cairo
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Africa · 2:31 PM UTCAir strike hits capital of Ethiopia's Tigray for third time this weekEthiopian government air strikes hit the capital of the northern Tigray region on Wednesday, the third such attack this week in a stepped up a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces in an almost one-year-old war.
Organizations: Air, Ethiopian Locations: Africa, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray
That came after a morning air strike in Mekelle, the third this week. Tigrai Television said the attack targeted the centre of the city whilethe Addis Ababa government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments. Her house was destroyed by the air strike," the doctor said. 1/5 Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. A government official initially denied the accusation but state media later reported the air force had conducted a strike.
Persons: Legesse Tulu, Legesse, Mekelle, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Giulia Paravicini, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Will Davison, " Davison, George Sargent, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Agbe, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Industrial Engineering PLC, Television, Hospital, Mesfin, Tigrai, REUTERS, Engineering, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Agbe Regional, Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Agbe, Temben, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Afar, London, Nairobi
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was covered in smoke on Wednesday as the city was hit by another day of airstrikes, eyewitnesses and authorities told CNN. The airstrikes on Mekelle were targeting weapons sites used by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said Billene Seyoum, an Ethiopian government spokesperson. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. Seyoum added that one of these sites, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, has been "appropriated by the TPLF as a heavy weapons storage, manufacturing and repair site." Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, responded on Twitter to the airstrike saying it "targeted a residential quarters in Mekelle causing injury to civilians and harm to property."
Persons: Billene Seyoum, Seyoum, Reda Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Engineering, Twitter Locations: Tigray, Mekelle
Three children killed in strike on Ethiopia's Mekelle - UN
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
GENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Three children were killed and one person was wounded in an air strike on the capital of the Tigray region in Ethiopia on Monday, the United Nations cited local health workers as saying. The health workers said the casualties were caused in the strike on the outskirts of Mekelle, Jens Laerke, spokesperson of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. A second air strike in the city wounded nine people and damaged houses and a hotel, Laerke said. read moreEthiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment on the U.N.'s report that the three people killed in Monday's air strike were children. Tigrai TV, controlled by the TPLF, said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed three civilians.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Emma Thomasson, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Geneva, Nairobi
(CNN) Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday's airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency reported Monday that the Ethiopian Air Force "launched a successful offensive" against a TPLF communication network and facility in Mekelle. Airstrikes were "carried out with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties," the report said.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Press Agency, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Geneva
The girl died of malnutrition last month before the family was able to flee south, deeper into Ethiopia's Amhara region. Habtam is among an influx of thousands of Amhara families fleeing to the town of Dessie from fighting further north. On Monday, the TPLF said the Ethiopian military had launched an offensive to try to dislodge the Tigrayan fighters from Amhara, following a barrage of air strikes reported last week. Habtam said there was little food in the areas under Tigrayan control and that Tigrayan forces took scarce medicines from local pharmacies. When asked about the rape, Getachew of the TPLF said any reported incident would be investigated and that the actions of one man should not implicate Tigrayan forces in general.
Persons: Baz Ratner DESSIE, Habtam Akele, Saba, Habtam, Reda, Leul Mesfin, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, of Humanitarian Affairs, Diplomats, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Bakar, Humera, Ethiopia, Amhara, Dessie, Tigray, Afar, Mersa, Nairobi
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, was hit by hit by air strikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported. Tigrai Television, controlled by the region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the air strikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also told Reuters that there were air strikes in Mekelle. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Billene, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams Organizations: Tigrai Television, Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia, July 1, 2021. Tigrai TV, controlled by the northern region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed several civilians. Mekelle is an Ethiopian city," he said. A Mekelle resident told Reuters one of the strikes on Monday hit close to a market behind the city's Planet Hotel around noon (1000 GMT). TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda tweeted: "#AbiyAhmed's 'Air Force' sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in& outside #Mekelle," referring to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Government, Reuters, Terrorists, Ethiopian, Air Force, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Afar, Amhara
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN. One resident of the city told Reuters one strike hit close to a market, behind a hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. One of the targets of the airstrikes was the Planet Hotel where a "dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda claimed.
Persons: Mekelle, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Haki
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's air force conducted an air strike on Mekelle, capital of the country's Tigray region on Monday, targeting communications infrastructure, the state-run Ethiopian Press Agency said late in the day. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom Writing by Maggie Fick Editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Maggie Fick, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Ethiopian Press Agency, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Tigray
Kenya's Rotich, Ethiopian Memuye win Paris Marathon
  + stars: | 2021-10-17 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Athletics - Paris Marathon - Paris, France - October 17, 2021 Kenya’s Elisha Rotich celebrates after winning the elite men's race and setting a new record REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Kenya's Elisha Rotich won the men's race and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye topped the women's podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Rotich set a course record as he crossed the line in two hours four minutes 21 seconds to finish ahead of Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros. In the women's race, Memuye ran a time of two hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds after a late surge to seal the biggest win of her career. Memuye finished about three seconds ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa with Fantu Jimma third as Ethiopians swept the podium. The Paris Marathon, featuring 60,000 participants from 145 countries, was initially scheduled for April this year, but was delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Elisha Rotich, Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Memuye, Rotich, Kenenisa, Kenya's Hillary Kipsambu, Fantu, Manasi Pathak, Ed Osmond Organizations: Paris, Paris Marathon, Kenyan, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Ethiopia's, Bengaluru
A former chief technical pilot for Boeing was indicted Thursday on charges that he deceived federal aviation officials about the Max 737 jet, a plane later involved in two crashes that killed more than 340 people. Mark A. Forkner, 49, was charged by a federal grand jury with fraud and wire fraud, the Justice Department said. Boeing was criminally charged and admitted that two of its flight technical pilots misled the FAA about the flight system. Forkner was charged with two counts of fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce and four counts of wire fraud. The aircraft-related fraud counts carry up to 20 years in prison each.
Persons: Max, Mark, Forkner, Chad E, Meacham, Prosecutors, recertified Organizations: Boeing, Justice Department, Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney, Northern, Northern District of, Ethiopian Airlines, Max, FAA, MCAS, Forkner Locations: Northern District, Northern District of Texas, Indonesia, Ethiopia, United States, Texas
Faulty software caused two Boeing 737 Max planes to crash in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people. A Thursday DOJ statement said Mark Forkner allegedly deceived the FAA during its assessment of the plane. A total of 346 people died when two 737 Max planes crashed in October 2018 and March 2019. In October 2018, a Boeing 737 Max operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. Boeing CEO Denis Muilenburg apologized in a video about a month after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and dozens of airlines grounded their Boeing 737 Max planes worldwide as a result.
Persons: Mark Forkner, Max, Forkner, Kenneth A, Denis Muilenburg, Insider's Sinéad Baker Organizations: Boeing, DOJ, FAA, Service, Federal Aviation Authority, Max, Justice Department, MCAS, Office, FAA AEG, Aircraft, Indonesian airline Lion, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Locations: Texas, Bishoftu, Ethiopia
"Senior leaders throughout Boeing are responsible for the culture of concealment that ultimately led to the 737 MAX crashes and the death of 346 innocent people," said Representative Peter DeFazio, who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "Mark Forkner’s indictment should not be the end of the accountability for this colossal and tragic failure," DeFazio said. The 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which killed all 157 aboard. Robert Clifford, a lawyer representing families of relatives killed in the Ethiopian crash, said the Forkner indictment "is a corporate whitewash... In January, Boeing agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion in fines and compensation after reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department over the MAX crashes, which cost Boeing more than $20 billion.
Persons: Peter DeFazio, Mark Forkner, Mark Forkner’s, DeFazio, Forkner, Robert Clifford, David Shepardson, David Gregorio Our Organizations: U.S . House Democrat, Boeing, Transportation, Infrastructure, Boeing's, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Ethiopian Airlines, U.S . Justice Department, Thomson Locations: Texas, Boeing's U.S
WASHINGTON — President Biden will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday amid an unfolding humanitarian disaster in neighboring Ethiopia that has prompted calls for the United States to put more resources toward the East African region. The two presidents are expected to discuss the situation in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where some fighters have been accused of atrocities against civilians, including sexual violence, massacres and ethnic cleansing. Last month, Ethiopia expelled several senior United Nations officials amid accusations that Ethiopian officials were blocking aid deliveries to the region, even as at least five million people there are in need of help during a catastrophic famine. The decision to expel the United Nations officials was also seen as a rebuke to Mr. Biden, who last month threatened to issue sweeping sanctions against both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, as well as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Amhara regional government, to stop the escalating violence. But the administration has yet to carry out the financial penalties against the strategic ally.
Persons: Biden, Uhuru Kenyatta, Biden’s, Mr Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, United Nations, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Locations: Kenya, Ethiopia, United States, African, Somalia, South Sudan, Tigray
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming "staggering" casualties. Getachew Reda of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) told Reuters by phone that the Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region were fighting the Tigrayan forces on several fronts, in both the Amhara and Afar regions which neighbour Tigray. A spokesperson for the Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tigrayan forces were initially beaten back, but recaptured most of the region in July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, displacing hundreds of thousands more people. Another humanitarian worker citing witnesses said Eritrean forces were fighting Tigrayans in Berhale, a town in the Afar region.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Yemane Gebremeskel, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Eritrean, U.S . State Department, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Weldiya, Afar, of Africa, Eritrea, Western Tigray, Sudan, Berhale
Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseNAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations' migration agency has recalled a staff member identified by two U.N. sources in Addis Ababa as the head of its mission to Ethiopia over audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials. Reuters heard the women's comments after the recordings were released online but could not independently verify the authenticity of the recordings. In a letter dated Oct. 11, the head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said a staff member had been recalled to headquarters and put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the recordings. "The opinions attributed in the audio recordings to the staff member do not correspond to IOM's principles and values," IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino wrote in the letter, seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Persons: Antonio Vitorino, Denis Balibouse, Vitorino, Maureen Achieng, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Maggie Fick, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Timothy Organizations: International Organization for Migration, United Nations, REUTERS, United, Reuters, International Organisation for Migration, Twitter, Ethiopian, Health Organization, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Denis Balibouse NAIROBI, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray
NAIROBI, Kenya — The conflict in northern Ethiopia has escalated sharply in recent days, as Ethiopian forces began a sweeping offensive in a bid to reverse recent gains by Tigrayan rebels, Western officials and Tigrayan leaders said. U.N. officials said the attack will deepen the humanitarian crisis in a region that is plunging into the world’s worst famine in a decade. Senior Western officials broadly confirmed Tigrayan accounts that the assault, which had been anticipated for weeks, started in the Amhara region, which borders Tigray to the south. A strict communications blackout imposed by the government means few details about the fighting can be independently confirmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was sworn in for a second term last week, has declined to comment in recent days.
Persons: U.N, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, Amhara, Tigray
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